Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan and Weekly Goals July 21-27

I really feel like things are about to get kicked into high gear!  Believe it or not, our schools start back August 7 and I feel a little panic setting in.  I think keeping myself organized and making menu plans every week is going to be a huge help.  Instead of having a huge list of things I want to do, I'm going to have small list and not let myself get so overwhelmed.  I do that to myself then I shut down and won't do anything.

So here's my menu plan for the week:

Breakfast choices:
Pancakes (frozen)
Biscuit waffles
Nutella/Cream Cheese
Fruit with agave nectar

Lunch/snacks choices:
Ham/turkey wraps
Lunchables (the small ones)
Nutella to go
Mini muffins


BBQ Pork Roast sandwiches
Parmesan Roasted potatoes

Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken
Red or white sauce
Garlic bread

Corn on the cob
Fried green tomatoes

Chicken pot pie

Not sure

Taking dinner to Mike's mom

Stuffed bell peppers
Baked sweet potato

*Subject to change!  Mike is working security at the Luke Bryan concert two nights this week!  We may eat sandwiches!

Our weekly summer schedule looks a little like this:

Monday: work/camp/body pump class
Tuesday work/camp/barre class
Wednesday: work/ camp/Sarah at gymnastics
Thursday: catch up night at home
Friday: all clear
Saturday: all clear
Sunday: Mike working extra job every other Sunday evening

My goals for the week are:

I really need to work on my recipe binders.  I have SEVERAL binders and a million printed recipes. So, I'm going to work on my breakfast binder this week, getting the recipes in alphabetical order and creating a table of contents.

Of course, this goes along with laundry, floors, etc.  This is my weekly cleaning schedule.  I don't always stick to it, but I do my best.

Hope you have a fantastic week and while you're at it, check out other menu plans at I'm an Organizing Junkie!  Not only can you get great meal ideas, she has a million great ways to get and stay organized!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Before and After (again)

If you will remember this post a while back, I was down 80 pounds.....well, it's been a year since I've had surgery and here are the results!  I couldn't be happier!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I keep telling myself that if I would just plan my meals, my evenings would be a lot less crazy!  You would think summer would be full of fun, relaxing, swimming, etc., but NO!  In addition to working full time with an hour commute each way every. single. day., on Mondays and Tuesdays, I'm at the gym.  Also on Tuesdays, Mike works court, Wednesdays is gymnastics with Sarah and Thursdays-Sundays are pretty free, but I am playing catch up with housework and I'm doing two loads of laundry each night trying to keep camp clothes and work clothes clean. Thank goodness I don't have that extra 100 pounds on me anymore, I get around quicker now and have A LOT more energy.

Since I recently bought nearly $300 worth of groceries, and while I had a moment, I thought I would go ahead and hash out the weekly menu plan.  And it goes a little something like this.

Blueberry muffins
Fruit Loops
Breakfast burritos

Ham/Turkey sandwich or roll-up
Grape tomatoes
Goldfish crackers

Monday - Hamburger Helper Buffalo Chicken, green beans, rolls
Tuesday (court night) - Pizza and/or Soup
Wednesday - BBQ Ranch Crockpot Chicken, rice and mixed veggies
Thursday - Pork chops, green beans and rice
Friday - It's pay and hopefully dinner out with friends!

That's what our week looks like!

Check out more weekly menus over at!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sarah's Bedroom Makeover

When we moved in our house (the third one) in the summer of 2006, Sarah wasn't quite a year old and she had the cutest room.  She was still in her baby bed then shortly thereafter, was transitioned to a toddler bed. We had to paint not long after we moved in because that room was also a small den and a textured border paper.  We removed the border paper and put up a chair rail because it left a mark on the wall.  I think the chair rail looks pretty good in there.  Once Sarah moved to a twin bed, we were able to find cute bedding from Target that matched her wall color.  Mike's least favorite thing is painting, but for some reason, he loves to do it.  Kinda crazy, huh?

Unfortunately for Sarah her room is very tiny, not a lot of space to work with in there as far as placement of furniture.  This is what it looked like before the makeover.

Her closet is tiny and poor girl, just has no room for her stuff and toys.  I'm slowing work on that though. Like her "Future Diva" poster?  We made this poster and one for Maggie when we took the girls to see WWE live.  Yes, we are that family (not sure what family that is, but we are it).  We had a great time, but back to the bedroom.

We had been looking and looking for new bedding for Sarah, she is quite picky so we finally found a good chevron pattern from Target and she finally agreed and wanted a decorative pillow and lamp to match.  AND the cool thing about Target's website is that it showed good paint colors to use with the bedding, so I sent Mike off to get the paint and I got the bedding.

One day Mike started painting and got it all done and he did a great job and he even rearranged a little so she would have more playing room.  She has really loved her new bedroom.

She loves that it's so "girly" and she actually sleeps in her room every night which has been a huge struggle in the past.  I love her room too.  I'm currently working on some wall decor for her, but seeing as how I work full time and have a 2+ hour commute every day and a family to take care of, I'm slow in getting it done. Stay tuned for more on Sarah's room and I will be updating Maggie's room too.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My Favorite Things This Week

It's been a while since I've been here.  Just have not been making the time to do something I love.

I'm not a big shopper, never have been, but since losing 105 pounds, I'm trying to get myself to where I enjoy it.  I did venture into Old Navy this past weekend a found a couple of items I thought were really cute.  I've been wanting some of the skinny ankle pixie pants.

This what I bought this weekend.  I got another top that was a navy blue peasant top with tiny white flowers on it from the clearance rack but couldn't find a picture of it.

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I love that I can wear these pieces with several differents things, I can wear them to work or out on a date with the hubs.  I think I can get used to this shopping thing eventually.  I have to get used to the new me first, it's taking some time, but I'm getting there!  

Monday, April 7, 2014

F Is For Flooding

Boy have we had some flooding around these parts overnight and this morning.  

It rained so hard last night it was like white noise outside.  It was crazy.  It rained about 6-7 inches in less than 12 hours.  We had already had a good bit of rain on Friday which left the ground saturated and with the amount of rain we had last night, there was some major flooding issues around our area that caused schools to be delayed 2 hours.  

That kind of worked in our favor because I got to lay around this morning and the kids had a hard time going to sleep last night so it gave them an extra two hours to sleep.

I did not have any flooding at my house, but several roads in our town was closed, a train got stranded across a road, etc.  

A friend of mine who lives in the next town over had some flooding issues at her house.  Close to her house is a "creek" and usually there is an 8 foot waterfall, the water is shallow and people go down there to picnic and splash around.....not anytime soon! 


Here are some pictures of my friends house and street.

This is a landslide on a heavily traveled road.  

And some apartments that were flooded.  They did numerous rescues from this apartment building.  Hope everyone is safe.

Lots of flooding going on overnight, but hopefully these people can find a new place to live and they have insurance to replace their belongings.

E Is For Eggs


I'm so late blogging about this, but I was cleaning, rearranging and organizing on Saturday, so I'm going to double up today!  


I used to LOVE some good ole cheesy scrambled eggs. 

I used to LOVE a good hard boiled egg with some salt and pepper, especially on Easter with all of the dyed eggs lying around.  

According to eHealthyTip these are the 7 best benefits of eggs......

1.  Egg have 6 gms of proteins and which is helpful to body and all necessary amino acids.

2.  Egg stops the woman from breast cancer and having egg daily has 40% less chances of breast cancer.

3.  Egg can treat macular degeneration which contains caroteinoids ,zeaxanthine and leutin  are present in excess amount in egg.
4.  Egg also cures the cataract , because  it contains zeaxanthine and leutine.
5.  Egg contains natural vitamin D.

6.  Egg yolk has 3 microgram of choline which is helpful for brain,nervous system and cardiac system.
7.  Having egg everyday puts an end to stroke and heart attack.
Have you had your egg today?